Extension Ag Update
July/August 2008
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Resources

Publications Plus

University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications
Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu
It’s a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information (Mastercard and VISA accepted)

Illinois Farm Report

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Illinois/Publications/
Farm_Reports/2008/08schedule.htm

Keep up-to-date with this report on farm statistics and prices.

A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management

Margaret Huelsman, Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
This manual details rules and realities of organic farming — specifically, of grains, fruits and vegetables.
Among the topics:

  • Steps in the organic certification process, plus Midwest certification agencies.
  • Seed, land use, planting stock, crop rotation and harvesting/handling standards.
  • Pest, weed, disease, crop nutrient and soil fertility management standards.
  • Exemptions, exclusions, record keeping, and allowed and prohibited substances.
To get a copy — $15 each, with checks made payable to OSU/OFFER — write to OFFER Program, 201 Thorne Hall, OSU/OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Or call (330) 202-3528.

“Container on Barge” Study

http://www.ilsoy.org/_inc/Illinois%20COB.pdf.
Located on the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) web site, the study reports that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has relaxed their weight restrictions for containers.  This is important since grain containers are heavier than other containers.